Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Vote put off on life-center zoning

By Cindy Schroeder, cshroeder@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A zoning vote that could clear the way for development of the controversial Life Learning Center has been postponed.

        The decision oriingally was to have been made at today's Covington City Commission meeting.

        However, the city commission agreed last week to postpone the meeting because of the death of Commissioner Jerry Bamberger's brother, Frank J. Bamberger, Mayor Butch Callery said. Frank Bamberger's funeral Mass will be today.

        The Life Learning Center, which supporters say is aimed at helping homeless people, the working poor and others become self-sufficient, is now proposed for the former Robke Chevrolet lot in the 1300 block of Madison Avenue.

        The center would offer education for children and adults, job and life skills training, housing, help with budgeting and parenting and a medical clinic.

        Opponents say that the proposed center would lower property values, draw homeless people from throughout the region, and create a bad image on a main city artery.

        Covington City Manager Greg Jarvis said the city commission probably will call a special meeting Friday to approve the federal Community Development Block grant budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

        If a special meeting isn't called for next week to decide the fate of the Life Learning Center, Mr. Jarvis said that issue will be voted on at the regularly scheduled Covington City Commission meeting May 21.

       E-mail cschroeder@enquirer.com


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